From the Bridge Wing 10-5-2013

From the Bridge Wing 10-5-2013
This Day in Coast Guard History: 1938 – The newly established “Coast Guard Reserve” (what would become the Coast Guard Auxiliary) enrolled its first members. 1943 – Patrol Squadron 6 (VP-6 CG) was officially established.  This was an all Coast Guard unit.  Its home base was at Narsarssuak, Greenland, code name Bluie West-One.  It had nine PBY-5As assigned.  CDR Donald...

Pennsylvania-native Coast Guardsman retires after 26 years military service in Navy, Coast Guard

Pennsylvania-native Coast Guardsman retires after 26 years military service in Navy, Coast Guard
CLEVELAND — A Pennsylvania native retired Monday at the Willoughby Hills Community Center in Willoughby Hills, Ohio, after serving a combined 26 years in the Navy and Coast Guard. Chief Petty Officer Michael S. Dugas, originally from Slovan, Pa., served his last tour of duty as the operations unit supervisor at the Coast Guard 9th District Command Center in Cleveland. Rear Adm. Michael Parks, former...

San Pedro-based Port Security Unit 311 returns from 9-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

San Pedro-based Port Security Unit 311 returns from 9-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
SAN PEDRO, Calif. – The San Pedro, Calif., based Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 311 returned home Aug. 15, from a nine-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. During the deployment, PSU 311 successfully maintained a continuous maritime anti-terrorism/force protection presence in the Naval Defensive Sea Area of Guantanamo...

Be the Match: Coast Guardsman gives stranger second chance at life

Be the Match: Coast Guardsman gives stranger second chance at life
NEW YORK, N.Y. – How do you thank somebody who saved your life? After losing his grandfather to cancer in 2001, Brooklyn, N.Y., native Michael Franco, looked for a greater way in which he could help others. Already a contributor to the annual blood drives at the police academy, Franco learned of becoming a bone marrow donor. This relatively effortless decision would lead Franco to save a woman’s...

Go Coast Guard Reserve Day at MSU Portland

Go Coast Guard Reserve Day at MSU Portland
Story by Petty Officer Jordan H. Akiyama. Photos & video by Petty Officer George L. Degener One by one, they trickled in like the rain outside the stone building at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland, Ore. Every face that entered the room bore the look of nervousness as they quietly took their seats. Until this point, the only thing most of them knew about the Coast Guard was what they...

Summerstock: A plan of action to patrol the Great Lakes

Summerstock: A plan of action to patrol the Great Lakes
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read On Aug. 18, 2012 a rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Sackets Harbor, N.Y., rescued two men from a boat that was taking on water in Lake Ontario. All across the nation, Coast Guard rescue crews engage in similar responses every day, but what made this rescue unique was the crew aboard the rescue boat. Two members of this rescue crew were Coast Guard reservists...

Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 returns home from overseas deployment

Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 returns home from overseas deployment
FORT EUSTIS, Va. – A Fort Eustis based Coast Guard Reserve unit returned today from a six-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in time to celebrate the Fourth of July with family and friends. During the deployment, Port Security Unit 305 provided seaward security at strategic port locations around the North Arabian Gulf ensuring the free flow of personnel,...

Coast Guard Reserve unit deploys to Middle East on security mission

Coast Guard Reserve unit deploys to Middle East on security mission
Cleveland – A Port Clinton, Ohio, based Coast Guard Reserve unit deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Tuesday night. Port Security Unit 309 deployed from Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base and will join with the Navy’s Maritime Expeditionary Squadron Three (MSRON 3) to form Combined Task Group 56.5, under the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command. CTG 56.5...

Coast Guardsman presented CG Commendation Medal for being named 2011 9th District Reserve EPOY

BURR RIDGE, Ill. – Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Lewandowski was presented with a Coast Guard Commendation Medal by Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander of the 9th Coast Guard District, during a formal ceremony Friday at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago. Lewandowski received the medal for being selected as the 2011 9th District Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year, announced earlier this year,...